What are Arts & Art Therapy? In this forum, Arts & Art Therapy will be curated to reflect the expression of growth and inspiration. Art is a visual representation of the inner and outer world as seen through the eyes of the artist. At All Things Healing, art therapy is curated to reflect the expression of growth and inspiration. Learn more about art therapy – healing art therapy & visual art therapy by visiting us online today!

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(Asst Editor: Karen Adler, Dip TPAT)  Karen Stabley is a speaker, therapist, relationship coach and teacher. Karen is an interactive, solution-focused therapist with a tr...
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by Bliss Cavanagh

1. What was the inspiration for Sensory Delight?

Drawn from my personal experience of living with Tourette syndrome, Sensory Delight marks the professional development from my Bachelor of Fine Art Honours work ‘Sensory Overload...


Editor's Note from Karen Adler: I LOVE Bliss Cavanagh's story! As both an art therapist and an artist, I view her use of art and the creative process to deal with her Tourette syndrome, as a profound validation of the power of art to heal and enlighten. Her story is a perfect example of mythologist Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey - a descent to her deeper self, her return bearing gifts and knowledge of benefit to both herself and the wider community. Bliss's transformation via art is also a story of self-acceptance, of learning to use and work with her Tourrette's rather than continually trying to 'fix' herself of something that has emerged, via her art, as her greatest gift.


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by Cathryn McEwen

If I have a camera in my hand, I invariably get in very close to the subject. The personal space is invaded and there is a connection between myself and what I am investigating – with my camera lens, or my own eyes. “Up close and personal” is how I like to see the world - to look closer and deeper...


Editor's Note from Karen Adler: The recently opened gallery, Art Studios Cooperative, in Gosford NSW, renews my faith in art and in artists. It's the type of art that I, personally, admire - art that is of a high quality, technically masterful, art that has depth, where the translation from concept to actual artwork actually works. And yes, it's vastly different from the art that originates in an art therapy session or art that is done wholly and solely AS therapy. What it does have in common, is that capacity of art to to work with symbols to engage the unconscious and thereby to clarify, to make clear our thinking, our perspective, to go more deeply into ourselves and to return with the gifts of that journey.


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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Hand artists are taking their art off canvas or the page and onto their hands. These paintings are so creative and the animals look so real! This is the best collection of a variety of different hand paintings that I could find.


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by Jenn Bender

Although my mind believes it is wise and knows best, it really doesn’t. My heart has more wisdom because it knows the greatest heights of joy and the deepest depths of pain. My brain decided it needed to have a talk with my heart about how hard it was working to protect it...


Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: According to Britannica Online, art is "the use of skill and imagination in the creation of aesthetic objects, environments, or experiences that can be shared with others." Jennifer Bender shares her art that can only be seen with the mind's eye.


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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Wow! Sometimes you see something - and I emphasise the word 'see' because I am, after all, an art therapist - that so clearly and simply illustrates something deeply complex, that you 'get it'. This is the case in Dr. Robert Lefever's cartoon on addiction. The material is presented in the simplest form possible - childish drawings - and the voiceover is children's voices. The juxtaposition of the horrors and destructiveness of addiction alongside the imagery and voices of children is the source of the power of this brilliant piece of film making.


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by Julie Hoyle

As a child I would sit for hours creating detailed illustrations and writing stories of mystery and magic on long scrolls of paper. I loved the freedom of this expression and looking back I appreciate that this was an attempt to make sense of my world. I sought ways of bringing ‘other-worldly’ experiences into a concrete, tangible form...  

Editor's Note from Marie' Sakai: Julie Hoyle expresses in her article the depth of what it means to be in the moment of art and in the moment of listening to the 'divine hint' as she calls it where we can step beyond the criticism of the mind and into the heart of knowing the deepness of feeling at one with all there is. She ends her article by saying, "When I get my small self out of the way, I am able to become empty enough to create a vehicle to express the inexpressible and to give form to the formless." Beautiful and moving, her words and her painting, The Merging, speaks volumes to her practice through art, yoga, and her guidance of the deepness of spirit, the Divine Hint.


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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: John Shdeed, a Cleveland Clinic patient, was born with a heart defect. He loves doing art and takes a great deal of delight in the hospital's Art Therapy program.


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Editor's Note from Erica Curtis: Patients from 5 care facilities collaborated on the mural, "Memories", in commemoration of world Alzheimer’s day. It highlights the importance of memories of loved ones but, more importantly, provided a way to process feelings related to having dementia.

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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: One of the most exciting things happening in the world of mental health today is the questioning of the validity of diagnoses of psychosis.  This questioning - and a great deal of research...


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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: International Medical Corps' Art Therapy programs: helping heal the emotional wounds of war and disaster through photography and art.


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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Via youtube - 'HUMBLE BEAUTY: Skid Row Artists is a documentary about how art changed and saved the lives of talented homeless and formerly homeless residents of the worst area of Los Angeles known as Skid Row. Art transformed their lives. Currently airing nationwide on public TV stations. Check your local PBS station for HUMBLE BEAUTY.


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Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: A multiple-arts research project, beautifully illustrated with dance. An artistic enquiry into a 12-sessions group with adolescents in a mainstream school - Julie Joseph (2011), MSc in Dance Movement Psychotherapy, Queen Margaret University. This is the creative synthesis from an artistic enquiry (Eisner 1997; McNiff 1998; Hervey 2000; Finley 2005; Leavy 2009) that took place in 2010-2011 at Queen Margaret University as part of the final clinical project for the MSc in Dance Movement Psychotherapy...


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The Alternate Selves of the Artist

Sonia Weiss Durga 1929-2008

Art can be used to heal a psyche or express parts of that psyche that have no other avenue of expression. Sonia Weiss Durga's art is a good example of this. She was a deep, complex person with many aspects to her being.



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